This honeybee inspired wedding shoot was all because of my Mammy. What started off as gardening, specifically planting flowers to attract butterflies, turned in to bee keeping. She began with one little hive in the back yard and now has three larger ones! And do you know what that means? Tens of thousands of bees…all over the yard. I always get a little laugh watching her in her bee suit, smoker in hand, checking the hives and talking to her “girls” as if they understand her. She absolutely loves this new hobby of hers and even became the treasurer of the local bee club.
I wanted to take her passion for bees and turn it into an inspiration shoot, fit for a queen bee. First I had to find the perfect venue. I immediately thought of Mission Inn Resort’s, Plaza de la Fontana because of it’s beautiful garden-like feel. It was the perfect spot for an outdoor shoot!
I knew floral was going to be one of the most important things for this honeybee inspired wedding. In Bloom Florist is one of Orlando’s top florists and I knew they would be a perfect fit. I was so happy when they said “yes!” I went into my meeting with Rochelle with all kinds of bee decor. Some I had purchased and some my mom had given to me. After a great brainstorming session, I walked out on cloud nine because I knew it was going to be beautiful! We decided on bright colors including: pinks, yellows and oranges with pops of purples and blues. Everything came together and meshed so well together. It was the perfect color palette for a spring/summer shoot for sure.
I found these awesome hexagon wine racks on Amazon. They were very versatile and you could stack them on top of each other. I decided to paint them gold and we would use them as part of the centerpiece for the reception table. In Bloom knocked it out of the park and transformed such a simple wine rack into a stunning centerpiece. They had flowers cascading out of the racks and gathered together on top. It was beautiful! The wine racks were paired with a mixture of milk glass, vases and of course, my mom’s glass beehive jars. To complete the look: a white farm table and ghost chairs from A Chair Affair and tableware from The Vintage Dish.
TwoPeas Designs created a beautiful honeybee inspired wedding table number and each setting had a little jar of honey, from my mom’s hive. That little jar also acted as a place card. Yellow lamour napkins from Over the Top Rental Linens added another pop of color to the table.
For the ceremony, we kept it simple because the plaza was so pretty on its own already! A simple set up of white French country chairs facing the beautiful fountain and that was it!
My most favorite pieces of furniture from the whole shoot was the adorable yellow love seat from A Chair Affair. I wanted to take it home with me! We paired that piece with two French country chairs and a white farm coffee table. Plus a couple throw pillows and one of the wine rack arrangements. Wooden hexagons adorned with greenery and floral hung in the trees behind the loveseat and it made for such a romantic little spot for our bride and groom to snuggle up at. Thank you to Calculated Crafts for creating the hexagons for us!
Now let’s talk about some of the smaller details. My favorite small detail were the rings! I had found these amazing rings on Pinterest. They were honeybee inspired wedding rings and perfect for the shoot! I was able to find the company that hand makes them and they were generous enough to make a set for us and let us borrow them! Blazer Arts is amazing and those rings were such a perfect detail for the shoot! I was able to pick up a few pieces of jewelry and my mom also added to that part by letting us borrow one of her bee necklaces.
The invitation suite was also created by TwoPeas Designs as was the welcome sign and seating chart. She did such an amazing job bringing all of the bee details to life and I will say that invitation suite, with it’s hand ripped, hand-made paper and perfectly written script was one of my favorites of all times!
The last part (and the sweetest) was the dessert display. Le Petit Sweet did such a wonderful job! A beautiful three tier buttercream drip cake centered the display. It even had a hand-made hexagon cake topper! We accented the cake with cupcakes, frosted to look like beehives, hexagon shaped bee cookies, cake pops and macarons with hand painted hexagons on them! Yum! All of the deliciousness was plated on a white farm table and an adorable sign created by TwoPeas brought a little extra sugar to the table.
From day one I wanted a high-low wedding dress and One and Only Bridal delivered just that! The dress was a two piece with the skirt being simple and elegant, in high-low fashion and the top being sweet and simple with a beautiful lace overlay. It was beautiful and it showed off her shoes perfectly. Now about the shoes – I found them at Marshalls and made by Rampage and the moment I saw them I knew I had to have them! I mean…they had a bee on them! Her dress went perfectly with his tan suit from The Black Tux.
We kept it simple with just a boutonniere and beehive pin, from my mom of course. Laura Reynolds did an amazing job with our model’s hair and makeup as well! We kept it simple and added a cute hexagon hair clip and some flowers to her hair just for a little something special.
The Hendricks did an “bee-autiful” job capturing every detail. Their work is so light and airy and is exactly what I was looking for for the shoot! Love and Lustre Weddings captured the shoot in cinematic form and the film turned out amazing!
The shoot turned out so much better than I could have ever imagined! It was so fun to collaborate with such a wonderful team of vendors and see everything come together as well as it did! We all had such a fun time and this one will go down in my books as one of my favorites for sure! I am so thankful to my mom for being such a huge inspiration not only to me on a daily basis, but also for this shoot. Thank you, Mammy!
Planning & Design – Big Day Celebrations
Photographer – The Hendricks
Videographer – Love and Lustre
Floral – In Bloom Florist
Cake & Desserts – Le Petit Sweet
Hair & Makeup – Laura Reynolds Artistry
Dishware – The Vintage Dish – Timely Tableware
Rentals – A Chair Affair
Wedding Dress – One & Only Bridal
Menswear – The Black Tux
Calligraphy – Two Peas Designs
Napkins – Over the Top Rental Linens
Hexagons – Calculated Crafts
Rings – Blazer Arts